SC Corinthians Paulista – Santos FC (20-02-2011)
On my last day in Sao Paulo I planned to see the big game in the Campeonato Paulista (Sao Paulo’s First Division), which started at 4.00 PM, which left me ample time to get back to my hotel to pick up my stuff and still make my flight at 11.25 PM. However, as A. had left for Rio, I was a bit doubting, but fortunately M., a grad student I had met at the conference, was also planning to go, so we teamed up. Tickets were sold at the stadium till noon, and at the club (and old stadium until 3 PM. M. had gotten tickets for R$70 (€30.50), as all cheaper tickets were sold out. I joined M. and two of his friends to drive to the stadium. After the usual haggling and paying for public street space, we walked to the stadium, where there was a fairly tense atmosphere.
In sharp contrast to the atmosphere, the game was not very exhilarating. The pace was very low and most play was at the middle of the pitch. Not surprisingly, it would be a free kick that opened the score. In the 25th minute a beautiful free kick from the edge of the box was curled into the far right corner: 1-0. After a couple a soft chances for both teams, Santos would equalize in equally beautiful fashion. After a shot with his right foot from 16 meter was blocked, he tried it again with his left foot, and shot it in the top corner: 1-1. A bit later, a fight breaks out between home fans at the one separated stand. Half Time.